National Innovation and Science Agenda

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National Innovation and Science Agenda

Extraordinary technological change is transforming our lives – it is changing how we learn, and is creating many exciting opportunities for our researchers. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will help us embrace innovation and science from an early age, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia.

The Australian Government has committed to the following initiatives in the Education and Training, Schooling and Higher Education Research streams as part of the agenda:

Early Learning and Schooling

Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM

$64.6 million for Department of Education and Training initiatives to help students embrace the digital age and prepare for the jobs of the future.

Higher Education Research

A sustainable, whole of government approach to research infrastructure

$150 million per annum for ongoing funding for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), providing ongoing, sustainable funding for critical national research infrastructure.

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to support future investment decisions in research infrastructure

The Roadmap will be used to support future investment decisions that will ensure Australian researchers can access world class major national research infrastructure.

Sharper incentives for university-industry engagement through streamlining research block grants

In 2017, $879 million will support the costs of research at Australian universities and $1.01 billion will support the training of the next generation of researchers and innovators.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects Scheme

Improvements to the scheme include a continuous application process to make it easier for researchers, businesses and industry to respond to time critical market or innovation opportunities.

Assessing engagement and impact in university research

Introduction of a national engagement and impact assessment system to assess the economic, social and other benefits flowing from university research and to incentivise university-industry collaboration.